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Participation Portfolio 2

Introduction

I think that since our last participation portfolio, I have been more mindful of some of my weaknesses. Here are some of the improvements I’ve made as well as some shortcomings that I still face.

Depth

This category is one that I need to continue to work on improving. However, I have written a few posts in which I could have increased the depth had I devoted more time to them.

First, in my post about the York Creation/Fall, I wrote about a passage that depicted Lucifer in such a way that I had never thought of before. I could have gone deeper in this topic by researching different views of this being and wrote about my findings.

Additionally, in my post about the York Crucifixion, I chose a passage that I felt exhibited comic relief in the play. To add depth to this post, I could have researched a scholarly article about the play, and looked to see if others had shared my opinion on this topic.

Riskiness

I feel that I have made small strides add to the riskiness of my posts in this portfolio. When I could, I tried to break the mold for posts that I tend to get stuck in.

The first example of this is in my post about Act I of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).In this post, I chose to quote a stage direction for my passage and what I thought it brought to the play. I had the idea immediately after reading the direction, but was skeptical about using it as my passage. Then, I remembered that plays are written to be seen rather than read, so I figured I would exit my comfort zone and go for it. I consider this to be risky because I never would have even thought about quoting a stage direction for any type of writing before this post because it was out of my comfort zone.

Another example of a risk I took can be found in my brief brainstorm about Catholic Social Teaching. Before this class, I was unaware of the role that Catholic Social Teaching has in literature. It has been interesting to see and make these connections, which takes me out of my comfort zone because I have never before connected literature with religion.

Intertextuality

I think that my intertextuality skills have improved as well. I am finding it easier than ever to make connections between different works of literature. However, sometimes I fail to put all of these connections in my posts with enough description, which is something I need to work on in my future posts.

In my response to a brief context on The Rivals, I compared the play to “The Marriage Proposal” and The Importance of Being Earnest. While I could have gone deeper into this comparison given the information in the context, the post definitely has the potential for intertextuality.

I demonstrante basic intertextuality in my post about Act II of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).In this post, I connect my experience of reading this play to my experience of reading Othello. While this is a fairly obvious connection, it shows that I can make deeper connections. I just need to make more of a conscious effort to do so.

Discussion

I think that my discussion skills have greatly improved. I find myself to be less nervous than previously when we discuss texts in class.

When I discussed Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) with Alyssa, we found ourselves agreeing on a main point that Constance’s stupidity shows throughout the entire play, and my post about Act II was used as support for this point. I explained that my passage was proof that Constance did not think anything through, and we had a good discussion about the play with the support of our blog posts.

Timeliness

I need to work on my timeliness in this class.

In my response to a brief context on The Rivals, I updated a previous idea by comparing the play to two others that we have read in this class. I could have gone deeper in this explanation by listing reasons why I liked both plays, and this is something I will think about in future posts.

Coverage

I tend to keep up with the blog posts, and I have completed every post assigned in this portfolio.

Although I was not entirely sure of what to write about in response to the context for Greek Theatre, I decided to explain what I had learned from the presentation. While this is basic and does not demonstrate close reading, I wanted to make sure that I completed the assignment.

Conclusion

Overall, I think that this is a good assessment of my growth and drawbacks in these areas. The course learning goal of textually supporting claims is one that I feel I have improved upon as a result of the blog assignments. For my next portfolio, I hope to have better examples of depth and my other weak categories.

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Source: Participation Portfolio 2

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